Brika - Northbridge

It was a cold Monday evening, 6 pm rolled by and I had dinner plans with Mrs. M at 7 pm and had promised to handle the restaurant reservation, but was totally swamped at work! I thank God for whoever invented Dimmi, the online reservation website, and Brika who was able to take a reservation just half an hour before we were due to arrive!

Even though we had a hectic day and evening to begin with, the catch up was really relaxing and enjoyable and it was largely due to the friendly and helpful service by everyone at Brika. When we arrived we were not happy with our seating, but they were more than accomodating in allowing us to sit outside near a heater, which was really lovely. 

Saganaki ($11)

Being from two very Asian families and not at all Greek, we had trouble with almost all the items on the menu, but again the waiter was really friendly in explaining and answering all our questions. The first item on the menu which caught our attention was the saganaki. This dish is the pan fried kefalograviera cheese. We were told the cheese is similar to haloumi, but firmer and tastier. As we both love haloumi we just had to have this dish.

This dish turned out to be amazing! It's so simple yet so delicious. The cheese was firm, salty and crispy. The lemon juice perfectly added a refreshing acidity to the cheese, which was otherwise perfect eaten on its own.

Pork Belly ($24)

The pork belly was another dish which we immediately gravitated towards. The portion was huge and the glaze made it look so shiny and appealing. I'm happy to report the pork belly had limited fat and the crackling was thin and very crunchy. We were also told to pour the ouzo thyme honey on it and that made the dish very aromatic and the sweetness was perfect against the savoury of the pork. The only negative was that the meat was a bit tough.

Beetroot Salad ($12)

To add something a little healthier to our meal, we also ordered the beetroot salad. This salad contained golden beetroot, something I never knew existed until that night. The beetroots was topped with haloumi, pomegranate and mint leaves. The salad was very garlicky which we liked and the beetroots were perfectly fresh. I just wished there was more haloumi in the dish. But, we also ate this dish with the kefalograviera and it was a great combination!

Loukomades ($10)

To also satisfy our sweet tooth, we ordered the Loukomades, the Greek doughnuts, topped with nuttle and walnut. To be honest, this dessert was a little disappointing after all the other amazing dishes we had. As you can tell, the doughnuts were a little pale, they were not crispy not very flavoursome. The most dominant flavour was the nutella, which there was not enough of on this dish.Well at least now we can say we have eaten a loukomades!

Despite the anti-climactic dessert, we really enjoyed our night and the food! This was my second visit to Brika and again I was impressed by their service and the great atmosphere here. I would rate Brika 8/10.

Restaurant Information

177 Stirling Street
Ph: 0455 321 321
Instagram: @brikabar
Facebook: Brika Perth

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Disclaimer: Restaurant information and prices were true and correct on 22nd June 2015. Prices included 10% GST. 

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